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Reopening Updates

For full indoor and outdoor guidelines, please view page 2 of our Kavod Code.

Reopening Details: Welcoming You Back
June 17, 2021

Dear Fellow Congregants,

We have begun to reopen our physical home and how exciting to be together again! We will be reopening in stages, and evaluating as we go. In this correspondence, we are sharing the latest information about the reopening process and will keep you up to date as things change and evolve.

Our reopening plans stand on two pillars: 

1. a commitment to the health (briyut) and safety (bitachon) of everyone in our community
2. our values of mutual responsibility (areyvut) and community (kehilah)

How We Will Gather: 
Our Kavod Code: Respecting Each Other, Our Building and the Community

Please review the Kavod Code which explains the commitment each of us is agreeing to make in order to participate in in-person activities, as well as more specific current guidelines. By registering for services and programs and returning to the building in general, each of us agrees to honor the Kavod Code. Please note that everyone eligible for a COVID 19 vaccine must be fully vaccinated before attending indoor gatherings, all indoor gatherings are currently with masks, and if you are feeling ill, please stay home. 

Re-opening the building

Staff: Staff have resumed working from the building as of June 15. The building will not yet be open to congregants, but phones will be answered during regular hours.

General entry: We will welcome congregants in the building starting July 6 for meetings, to meet with staff and clergy, and use the library. You will not need to register in advance for such activities, but you will need to sign in.

Food and drink: We hope to resume serving and sharing food and drink in the building in January 2022. Until then, congregants should not consume any food or drink inside, except for water. Food and drink can be consumed outside.

Scheduling programs, meetings, etc.: Space for occasional meetings, group activities, and standing meetings (in the building or outside) must be reserved in advance by sending an email to generalinfo@templeisaiah.net or calling the main office at 781-862-7160.

Worship Services

We hope to offer as many of our worship services as possible in a “multi-access” mode: live, on Zoom, and streaming. We are in the process of upgrading equipment to provide a better experience for those joining remotely. Please be patient as we make this transition!

1. July 2: Shabbat evening services at the temple will resume without capacity limits. You will need to register for each service to help us plan. Details will be in the weekly digest and in the rabbi’s Thursday email. Services will remain available on Zoom, streaming, and Facebook. 

2. We will be sharing more information in the coming weeks about Shabbat morning  minyan, b’nai mitzvah and other life cycle ceremonies, and other worship opportunities.

How You Can Help

Our ability to fully reopen will depend on volunteers to help with technology and to serve as greeters, ushers, and helpers at events. Stay tuned for more information about how to help.

It will be wonderful to be back together!  We look forward to seeing each other at one of our outside events and at services. We can keep one another safe and enjoy temple life if we join in Kavod, respectful community.

Warm regards,
Rachel Hayes & Paula Slotkin

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May 27, 2021

Reopening Work Group (RWG) Update
May 5, 2021

Reopening Work Group's First Communique
February 1, 2021

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